We’re sure that you’ve heard this before, but we are all in this together. Curious about how you can help others during the COVID-19 crisis? Read on.
Support a local business
At this point, many local businesses have had to downsize or close completely. Some ways that you can help to keep these businesses alive in our communities are:
- Purchasing local products online
- Taking virtual classes
- Purchasing a gift card now, for use later
- Ordering takeout or delivery from your local restaurant or café
- If you had a ticket to an event that is now cancelled, wait for the rescheduled event or receive a credit rather than requesting a refund.
- Money tight? You can still help local businesses by writing a positive online review, or sharing their business on social media to help them gain exposure.
Help a senior
If you’re interested in assisting a senior in your community by checking in on them or dropping off supplies, visit www.bc211.ca. This website will take through a questionnaire that will connect you with a senior in need of help. You can offer services such as:
- Grocery shopping and delivery
- Meal preparation and delivery
- Prescription pickup and delivery
- Phone and/or virtual friendly visits
Assist a vulnerable neighbor
If you know someone who may be especially vulnerable at this time, let them know that you are here to help. You can give them a call to offer your assistance, or leave a note with your contact information if you don’t know them very well. They may not require your assistance, but reaching out to help if you can will usually be appreciated. If you end up doing any errands for them, do not enter their home, but instead leave anything they have requested outside of their door. When you are out, remember to practice the recommended steps to protect yourself from getting sick such as washing your hands and staying at least 6 feet away from others. If you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, you must follow government guidelines and stay inside. In this case, you would not be able to go out and run errands for yourself or others.
Donate to a food bank
There are still many people in our communities who rely on the services of their local food bank. If you are interested in donating, give them a call to learn what protocol they have set up to safely provide donations while limiting physical contact.
Make a donation to a hospital foundation
If you are someone who has the means to do so, please consider making a donation to hospitals and healthcare providers. There are many hospitals around the lower mainland that have established relief funds that you can contribute to. For a list of these, please click here and donate today!
This is a difficult time for all of us. Everyone deserves to feel supported and know that they are not alone in this. Even something simple like a message, phone call, or Zoom meeting can mean the world to someone.
Stay safe and healthy everyone!